Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Eileen Barish - Arizona Territory - Author Interview

Author Interview 

1. How did you come up with the title?
When I lived in Arizona, I subscribed to ARIZONA HIGHWAYS, a wonderful publication that deals with Arizona's beauty and history. I was reading an article about Colonel Powell and his expedition down the Colorado River. Historically, three men left the expedition and were later killed by Native Americans. My supposition was what is one had actually lived. At the time of the expedition, Arizona was known as the ARIZONA TERRITORY. It had yet to become a state. Hence the title.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
One of the main messages I wanted readers to understand was the important role that women played in the West. Most of the time, it is the men who are portrayed as heroes or bandits. However, many women had a pioneering spirit and contributed much to Arizona's history, actually, the history of the West.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
Many incidents in the book are based on historical events and my references to the various Indian tribes was researched at great length to assure that my facts about the tribes and the events would be as accurate as possible.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
If I had it to do over again, I would probably end up with the same book. 

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing the book was the research. The next hardest part was trying to understand the mindset of each of the characters. How women felt about their role in the West. How lacking in civility many of the "bandits" were. And trying to understand the attitude the American Indians had about the "white" man and his effect on their lives.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a great deal about the west and about Arizona in particular. My research also educated me in the thoughts of the Indians, the forces that sought to eliminate or contain them and the wildness of the west.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Although this is my first work of fiction, I have written ten non-fiction books, mainly travel related. Six of the books related to traveling with your dog. The first book was titled VACATIONING WITH YOUR PET. Written in 1994, and modesty aside, it began the trend of hotels advertising their dog policies, animal boutiques, animal travel services, etc. It won the Dog Writer's Association Award 60th annual award the most prestigious award given by the AKC and was the best selling "animal related" book of 1994, 1995 and 1996.

After writing an additional five books on dog related travel, I began a series of books on lodging in Europe's monasteries. I have been called "the queen of monasteries" by the NEW YORK TIMES. There are four books in the series, one on Italy, Spain, France and the last on Britain.

8. Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is the avenue I am going to pursue in my next writing project. Totally different from the fiction of ARIZONA TERRITORY and totally different from my travel books, I have decided to continue writing stories of erotica, something I have done for years.

9. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
As far as what I would say to readers, I would us a recent review of ARIZONA TERRITORY as follows:

"This is a gripping well researched historical novel that enlightens the reader to an important influence in the 'taming' of the American West. The role of smart adventuous women in the development of the West has not received the recognition of more aggressive male counterparts. In this novel Barish highlights that power and influence was not simply gender specific. Although care was taken within the historical context of the time the novel is at basis just a good, enjoyable, and stimulating read."

About the Book

Based on true facts and incidents that shaped the west, ARIZONA TERRITORY is at once a story of passion and adventure, of love found and love lost. Spanning the years from 1851 to 1877, one of the most turbulent eras of Arizona history, the intertwining stories of each character will engender feelings of compassion, hatred, betrayal and love.

The main characters, Tom Riordan, a young adventurer from St. Louis determined to follow Major Powell’s exploration of the Colorado River and Rising Sun, a pioneer child rescued from an Apache massacre and raised by peaceful Hualapai Indians, come of age as their lives are intersected by a cast of remarkable characters. Belinda, the seductress who beds every man except Joshua, her sexually repressed husband.

Jean-Claude, the elusive Frenchman who steals her heart. Tom’s outlaw brother William, a brute of a man who lacks even the barest trace of humanity and creates havoc in the lives of everyone in his path. And finally, during the violent twilight of the Indian Wars, Wassaja’s Indian marauders clash with General Swope’s battle weary calvary troops.

Prices/Formats: $9.99 ebook
Pages: 285
Genre: Saga, Romance, Adventure, Historical
Publisher: Anacapa Press
Release Date: November 30, 2012
Buy Links: Kindle

About the Author

Eileen Barish is a multiple award-winning author who has written more than a dozen books on unique travel experiences. A regular guest on CNN, Eileen Barish has been a contributing writer to National Geographic Traveler, Guest Informant, Newsweek and other publications. Her books have been favorably reviewed by more than 500 major publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, Gourmet Magazine, Library Journal, Travel & Leisure, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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